You’re on top of the world surfing a health high when it hits…BAM. The fear that it could all come crashing down at any time strikes.
Because if there’s something we ALL know too well, it’s that good health can be fleeting. It can be here today and, in a flash, gone tomorrow.
Sometimes it feels like it’s only a matter of time before your own luck runs out. And chief among your worries are, of course, suffering a heart attack or stroke.
After all, how often do we hear about one or the other striking someone we know out of the blue? “But he seemed so healthy!” everyone says at the funeral.
Well, my friend, new research reveals a way to help reduce the risk of folks saying the same thing at your own burial. Heck, they may never even have the chance because you could very well end up outliving them all.
And this solution starts in what may be the most unlikely of places EVER… the bottom of a mug.
Because a new study finds one secret to reducing your own risk for having a “but he was so healthy” heart attack or stroke of your own is hiding in your morning cup of coffee.
Coffee linked to some serious heart protection
Now, if you know anything about me, you know I have a bit of a vested interest in this topic. Because I’m a true-blue coffee fan.
I love coffee in all of its forms, but I’m particularly fond of the iced variety. And that’s especially true right now in Baltimore in September. Because here in Charm City, we usually get a brief glimpse of autumn followed by the return of the sweltering heat and humidity of summertime.
But it isn’t just the great taste and uplifting boost of caffeine alone that makes me a coffee evangelist. Over the years, studies have uncovered bunches of genuine health benefits for folks who choose to indulge in a few cups of the brew daily.
Now a NEW study confirms some of the most important of those payoffs. And not just in some vague statistical way but with actual scans of the heart.
This research focused on folks who didn’t have heart disease at the start of the study. But the volunteers—who were in their 50s at the beginning of the 15-year STUDY—were in that danger zone for “out-of-the-blue” heart attacks or strokes.
Coffee, however, appeared to be linked to some pretty serious protection.
Drive down stroke and death risk with a brew
The scans found that people who drink up to three mugs a day have a healthier heart size and better overall heart function than folks who drink little to no coffee. In fact, it was as if the coffee drinkers had YOUNGER hearts.
That, in turn, led to a lower risk of serious health problems. This is why the study also found that over 10-15 years, a daily coffee habit could help cut the odds of:
- death from ANY cause by 12 percent
- death from cardiovascular disease by 17 percent
- stroke by 21 percent
And while this research focused on folks who didn’t have heart disease at the start of the study, we know from others studies that coffee benefits can be seen across the board.
After all, our favorite morning brew and afternoon pick-me-up is chock full of antioxidants, minerals, and circulation-boosting niacin. And along with protecting the heart, research has linked coffee to a lower risk for cancer, diabetes, and dementia.
If you have heart disease or any other serious health condition and don’t already drink coffee, don’t just dive face-first into a new java habit. Give your doctor a call first to be sure adding a few mugs to your daily routine won’t mess with anything else you’re already doing to protect your health.